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LATE BREAKING: Trump Signals Standoff on Border Wall, Pardon for Convicted Sheriff & More

by Countable | 8.23.17

President Trump held another of his signature "Make America Great Again" rallies on Tuesday evening, this time in Phoenix, Arizona. Thousands of protesters mobbed the city’s convention center, while inside thousands of supporters cheered-on the President.

What you need to know:

On immigration: President Trump amped-up his supporters with calls of, "Do the people in this room like Sheriff Joe?" Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio is an immigration hard-liner who was convicted for continuing to target Latinos, against a court’s order. The crowd responded with cheers. Though Trump didn’t announce a pardon for Arpaio, he came about as close as he could get. “I’ll make a prediction, I think he’s going to be just fine. I won’t do it tonight, because I don’t want to cause any controversy, but Sheriff Joe can feel good.”

On the border wall: Trump sent a warning to Congress: "If we have to close down the government, we’re building that wall." That appears to be an explicit threat to lawmakers that the president intends to stall funding for basic government operations unless they fund his plans for a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

On trade with Mexico & Canada: Trump said he will "probably terminate NAFTA." The President told the crowd that the U.S. has “been so badly taken advantage of,” that “personally, I don't think [we] can make a deal.” If a mutual agreement to reform the North American Free Trade Agreement can’t be met, the President said, the U.S. will withdraw.

On Charlottesville: Trump said he condemned "the thugs who perpetuate hatred and violence," and claimed his comments on the matter had been unfairly covered by the media. He repeated many of his earlier statements about the events in Charlottesville , while omitting his remarks that “many sides” were responsible.

On the media: The President directed his harshest wrath toward journalists, even pointing to reporters and TV crews in the audience, and calling the media "truly dishonest people." His supporters responded with loud jeering and booing.Trump did praise Fox News, however, and specifically conservative personality Sean Hannity for their “fair” coverage—but warned he would call them out, too, if they crossed him.

Do you agree with President Trump’s statements? What’s your opinion on illegal immigration? Hit the Take Action button to make your voice heard -- here on Countable, and to your Reps!

Josh Herman

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  • Esther
    08/23/2017
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    When the first sentence out of his mouth at the rally last night was a lie, I turned the tv off. I'm tired of these campaign rallies that cost us so much in money and in promoting divisiveness. We're losing as a nation. To quote his tweets, "Sad." But it truly is sad.

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  • Tobias
    08/23/2017
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    Do not support this wall. Support impeachment of this president. He does not represent the vast majority of people and is doing irreparable harm to the country.

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  • Marcy
    08/23/2017
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    I fear for the future of my daughter, myself, my family and my country. Please be brave and stand up to the man who somehow holds the Office of President. He has shown himself to be unstable, irrational, impulsive and dangerous. Please let's start working toward impeachment. The sooner the better.

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  • Dave
    08/23/2017
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    For a person that attended a a private military school at a young age, he did not learn the military code of conduct, ethics, truth and honesty. The school must have been in another country?

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  • Maggie
    08/23/2017
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    We have a President who thrives on creating chaos. His "we" vs "us" language is adding divisions throughout our country. He lies and cheats his way with the public and uses Tweets of threats. He uses his secretary to make threats to Alaska. How can you be idle with this man as President? I ask for you to be Americans first before your party. Then take the swift legal action to remove him from office.

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  • Duane
    08/23/2017
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    PLEASE DO NOT SUPPORT THE BORDER WALL. AFTER THE PRESIDENT'S SPEECH ON CHARLOTTESVILLE AND NOT CONDEMNING THE NEO NAZIS I WANT THIS MAN OUT OF OFFICE!

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  • Karalyn
    08/23/2017
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    Well as expected, we heard from the real Donald Trump 8/22/17 in Phoenix AZ. The teleprompter reading guy is Fake News. When will the Republicans do anything to stop this guy? Or are Republicans content with getting absolutely nothing done?

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  • John
    08/23/2017
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    Not one penny of taxpayer dollars should go for Trump's "wall." Not one penny.

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  • Wren
    08/23/2017
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    Senators and congressional reps, what is it going to take to get him OUT of the Oval Office??? These are words of a dictator who is not working for the American people and who is using racism and racial fear as a vehicle for support from zealots and re-election. He is inciting violence and openly encouraging violations of civil rights and threatening freedom of the press. In threatening congress to shut down the government he is admitting to intentionally taking action to hurt the American people if congress does not buckle to his personal vendettas that do not represent the American people. Again, what is it going to take? Please do your job and do not let this continue to escalate beyond the point of no return!!

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  • Elizabeth
    08/23/2017
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    Support impeachment, not this farcical wall.

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  • Jessica
    08/23/2017
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    Please do not give in to trump's threats to shut down the government over the border wall. Do not support building the wall, which has been proven financially implausible and predicted to be ineffective. Personally, I would add morally repugnant to that list. Speaking of morally repugnant, do not support the pardon of sheriff Arpaio. Finally, I cannot express strongly enough my dread every time the president screams fake news at a media outlet that doesn't pander to him. We are heading down the path of dictatorship and you, our elected officials, are the only checks and balances to stop it. Please have the courage to consider the options for removal of this dangerous, power-hungry narcissist.

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  • Ticktock
    08/23/2017
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    It is long past time that the Republicans in Congress take responsibility for their leader in the White House. The real question is which is more important: Party or the United States of America? Trump and his supporters are dangerous and a threat to the security and stability. If you fail to act we as a nation are going to be moved back to the civil unrest magnified many times and their will be no one to blame but our leaders in Congress who choose personal interest over the nation. Save yourselves, strip Trump of power.

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  • Pru
    08/23/2017
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    Do not support the wall! Shutting down the govt is senseless. I question his fitness for office. This is on the Republicans.

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  • Judy
    08/23/2017
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    Trump's addiction for the validation from these crowds is a part of his narcissistic personality. The deliverance to this rally of what he said at the Charlottesville press conferences showed how much he twists his performance through lies. By wanting to shut down government to build a wall, destroy NAFTA, and pardon a fellow white supremacist and bigot shows he is not a fit leader! Americans need to not only open their eyes, but also their ears and, most importantly, their minds!

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  • Marilyncane
    08/23/2017
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    For tRump it is always about tRump. Poor me, he whines. When will we be rid of this narcissistic boy-man?

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  • Barry
    08/23/2017
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    Uses dog-whistle statements about law and order but wants to pardon people that broke the law?

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  • Beth
    08/23/2017
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    Do not pay for border wall, don't let him pardon that sheriff, do not let him shut down the government if he doesn't get his way!FORCE TRUMP TO RESIGN OR IMPEACH HIM HE IS MENTALLY UNFIT TO HOLD THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT AND HE IS GUILTY IF MANY CRIMES!

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  • Jackie
    08/23/2017
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    What a divisive rally. A war cry to his baser base. As elected officials with calmer and more informed heads, I implore members of congress to move in a more prudent manner. Will diverting billions away from education, infrastructure, healthcare really stop illegal immigration? Our money is best spent on issues to increase a safer environment from those fleeing. If your homelands are safe and prosperous there would be no reason to migrate legally or illegally. On the issue of pardoning a man charged and convicted of essentially hate crimes please remember NO MAN IS ABOVE THE LAW. Finally this jacked up hatred for the media has got to stop. Eventually someone will lose their life. We are America not some third world banana republic ruled by a wannabe dictator who executes those that disagree. One must ask why a man who totes his reputation as a media mogul, who craves the news should spout such nonsense. I think trump expected many "regal protections" as president one was obviously protection from oversight and the media, and unfortunately the truth.

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  • Melanie
    08/23/2017
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    He and his rhetoric do not support anything I stand for. He is not making America great he is doing everything he can to further divide this nation.

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  • Trevor
    08/23/2017
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    What good does a wall do when they are able to dig tunnels? What's next? Underground border patrol.......

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